STD cases seem to be skyrocketing each year in Terrell, a city in Kaufman County while HIV incidences decline. HIV infections slightly dropped from 14 cases at 13.3 in 2011 to 12 cases at 9.3 in 2018.
On the other hand, Syphilis infections set a new record in 2017 with 46 new infections at 17.5 from 19 at 37.4 in 2013. Most Syphilis cases were identified among the MSM population.
Chlamydia cases soared to a new height of 457 cases at 372.0 in 2017 from the 327 at 302.0 reported in 2013. Gonorrhea cases also increased from 58 at 53.6 in 2013 to 107 cases at 87.1 in 2017.
The Kaufman County Health Department has included Syphilis testing in its major HIV/STD preventive campaigns. It targets the MSM population who are more susceptible to infections. The department also encourages and sensitizes MSMs to go for Syphilis testing offered at subsidized rates regularly. There is also HIV/STD counseling at the individual and group levels.
With the increasing STD cases, Terrell health facilities, such as Planned Parenthood Mesquite Health center and Terrell Urgent care have expanded their services to provide testing, screening, and treatment. Other clinics you may access same services include Terrell State Hospitals and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals.
You can also go for free STD testing in some of the city’s sexual health clinics, but those services may be available at irregular hours, and test results are delivered via a phone call.